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The Human Rights Graphic Narrative Platform

An easy to use, drag-and-drop software platform, that lets anyone create a short graphic narrative about an illegal detention, or other human rights abuse. Rather than text-heavy alerts, this platform will allow for more graphic interest, human focus, and a narrative sense to really pull in an audience

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Human rights reports are boring.  They are text heavy and graphic-lite.  This concept is about making these alerts more engaging & attractive.
It would allow people to simply make graphic narratives out of their alert or report.  It would provide the basic frames and allow people to drag the images into a basic narrative and then overlay each image with the text of the alert.
When they blast out the alerts, the narrative should draw more readers and prompt more action.
Plus its easier to digest & spread than a video (which often won't get clicked, and will require substantially more resources to create).  It gets the impact of the graphics of the video without all the costs, time, and heaviness that come with even the shortest of videos.

What kind of resources are needed to get this idea off the ground and/or support it over time?

software developers & community managers to oversee the process (e.g., fielding questions, encouraging use, editing and promoting)

How could this idea also be adapted to work in low-tech situations?

Mobile-based platform, in which a person can take the pictures that will go in the narrative's frames & then type in the text that will be overlaid onto each image The software could then assemble the pictures & the text into the finished product.


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I love this concept! I've been thinking about two different approaches to storytelling in the media -- newspapers vs. magazines, and how the intentional attention to graphics that is displayed in magazines can enrich the narrative experience for viewers, and this concept provides an easy way for just about anybody to do that! I wonder if some simple guidelines or suggestions for creating high impact graphics (or ways to interweave text with graphics) would be helpful, with samples for users to view?

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